Ridgeway Woman Killed in Rock Hill Car Crash

ROCK HILL – A Ridgeway woman was killed last week after the car in which she was a passenger was involved in a three-vehicle crash in Rock Hill.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said Virginia Bartell, 72, died at Carolina’s Medical Center at approximately 11:49 p.m. on Sept. 7 as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Bartell was a passenger in the right front seat of a 2013 Toyota Prius being driven by Phyllis D. Brown, also 72 and also of Ridgeway, on S.C. 901 (Heckle Blvd.), near Clinton College.

At approximately 4:17 p.m. on Sept. 7, the Highway Patrol said, a 1973 Buick being driven by Stevie Lemont McClinton, 23, of Rock Hill, was traveling east on Crawford Road and disregarded a traffic signal, crossing into the intersection of Crawford Road and 901. McClinton’s Buick struck a 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Arthur Lewis June, 67, of Rock Hill, forcing the pickup truck to crash into the Prius.

Bartell was trapped inside the Prius, the Highway Patrol said, and extracted mechanically by emergency responders. She was then airlifted to Carolina’s Medical Center.

The crash was still under investigation by the Highway Patrol at press time.